The Dormition of Saint Anna and Saint Joachim: July 25th
After the Repose of her husband, Saint Anna went and lived with her daughter Praying unceasingly in the Temple of God until her Blessed Repose when she was 79 years old.
Apolytikion: O Godly-minded Anna, thou didst give birth unto God’s Pure Mother who conceived Him Who is our Life. Wherefore, thou hast now passed with joy to thy Heavenly rest, wherein is the abode of them that rejoice in Glory; and thou askest forgiveness of sins for them that honour thee with love, O ever-Blessed one.
Kontakion: We celebrate now the memory of Christ’s Ancestors, while asking their help with faith, that we may all be saved from all manner of tribulation as we fervently cry aloud: Be thou with us, O Lord our God, Whose pleasure it was to Glorify them both.
Oikos: Let us all prophetically come together to worthily extol the All-Holy passing of Christ’s Grandmother. For today she passed from this temporal life and joyfully made her way into Heaven, where she greatly rejoices. As the true mother of the true Theotokos, she cries out with faith: “My Soul magnifies the Lord, for I gave birth to His Mother on Earth.” May He be with us, He Who Glorified them as He was pleased to do.
Exaposteilarion: Of Righteous Anna, called by God, let us duly sing praises. For she conceived beyond all hope and bore the Virgin Mary, the Most Holy Theotokos; and in so doing she was shone forth to be akin to Christ our Redeemer; and He has today as God taken her to join Him on high in Heaven. She interceded on our behalf and for the sake of world peace.